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Illinois approves settlement regarding WeWork's non-compete agreements

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

CHICAGO — The state of Illinois has reached a settlement with a company providing a network of shared spaces for rent and associated services to clients across the globe to resolve allegations of the company's use of overly broad and unfair non-compete agreements.

Illinois accuses event promoter of taking sponsorship money for fake events

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois has filed a lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging an event promoter requested upfront money from sponsors for fake concerts, parties and other events and defrauding people out of nearly $40,000.

California, New Mexico fight proposed repeal of Waste Prevention Rule

By Marian Johns | Sep 24, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's attorney general, the state's Air Resources Board and New Mexico's attorney general have joined to file a lawsuit against the Trump administration for its attempt to repeal the Waste Prevention Rule, which requires oil and natural gas producers to cut leakage of methane on federal and tribal lands.

Trump admin makes use of Medicare law in blunt warning to asbestos lawyers

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 19, 2018

In the Trump administration, at least, the government will no longer look the other way as asbestos lawyers negotiate lenient terms that make it easy for their current clients to get money at the expense of future claimants and federal entitlement programs.

14-state coalition argues consumer board should continue to enforce Equal Credit Opportunity Act

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is the latest to join a 14-state coalition expressing concern with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) re-examining its enforcement of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (ECOA) which is designed to stop creditors from discriminating based on race, national origin, sex, marital status, age and other characteristics.

Plains All American Pipeline guilty of felony, misdemeanor charges relating to Pacific oil spill

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A jury has found an oil pipeline company guilty of a felony and eight misdemeanor charges for its failure to properly maintain its highly pressurized pipeline that caused crude oil to discharge into the Pacific Ocean.

California local government, agencies eligible for $28.5 million to reduce illegal tobacco sales

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

SACRAMENTO — California's local governments and agencies can apply for the state's Department of Justice Tobacco Grant Program, which will distribute $28.5 million to recipients to help reduce illegal sales of tobacco products, especially to minors, according to the state attorney general.

Washington state court doubles contempt charges for political activist

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Thurston County Superior Court in Washington state has doubled the daily contempt sanctions against political activist Tim Eyman in the state's campaign finance lawsuit against him.

Washington attorney general alleges towing company illegally sold deployed Navy member's car

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state attorney general is suing a state towing company, alleging it auctioned off a Navy sailor's car while he was deployed without first obtaining a court order.

Software developer settles charges it exposed personal information data

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

NEWARK — The state of New Jersey has reached a settlement agreement with a data management software developer to resolve charges that the company allowed unauthorized public Internet access to a database of more than 100 auto dealerships customers' and employees' personal information.

Massachusetts negotiates deal with Columbia Gas to reduce $11 million in proposed rates

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

BOSTON — The state of Massachusetts has negotiated an agreement with Bay State Gas Company, doing business as Columbia Gas, to reduce more than $11 million in proposed rates for customers and prevents the company from further rate increases during the next three years.

Maryland Consumer Protection Division accuses pharmaceutical manufacturer of inducing prescribers

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Attorney General's Consumer Protection Division has filed charges against a pharmaceutical manufacturer for allegedly distributing opioids to "off label" patients and inducing prescribers with monetary incentives.

Illinois attorney general urges public utilities to make costs of enrolling clearer to customers

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

CHICAGO — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging the state's public utilities to include information on customer's bills regarding the costs of enrolling with alternative retail electric suppliers (ARES), which she says often engaged in bait and switch marketing tactics to entice customers.

Outside counsel to aid Georgia's litigation, investigation of state opioid sales, distribution

By Marian Johns | Sep 14, 2018

ATLANTA — Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr has chosen a legal team of outside counsel to assist the state's investigation and litigation relating to prescription opioid manufacturing, marketing, sale and distribution in Georgia.

Want to know what opioid lawyers are up to in Texas? It costs thousands to find out

By Daniel Fisher | Sep 14, 2018

Some Texas counties are demanding tens of thousands of dollars to comply with open-records requests for documents detailing the time and expenses private attorneys have racked up so far representing them in opioid litigation.

Billionaire mega-donor Steyer picks favorite AG hopefuls; More global warming cases possible

By John O'Brien | Sep 13, 2018

Democrat challengers aspiring to become the top lawyers in their states have received financial boosts from Tom Steyer, a billionaire investor and environmental activist who some feel is a driving force behind the recent string of climate change lawsuits struggling to persuade judges to punish the energy industry.

Idaho attorney general reaches settlement with magazine company to refund advertisers

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

BOISE, Idaho (Legal Newsline) – The owners of an Idaho Falls, Idaho-based company that published lifestyle magazines has reached a settlement agreement with the state's attorney general over claims the magazine took funds for advertising space from businesses and never published.

Ohio federal court returns Montana attorney general's lawsuit against Purdue Pharma back to state court

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

HELENA, Mont. (Legal Newsline) – On Aug. 23, an Ohio federal judge remanded a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox over allegations deceptive promotion of OxyContin and returned the litigation to the state court.

New York nonprofit alleged to have exposed clients' personal information online to pay $200,000

By Marian Johns | Sep 7, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – The New York attorney general has reached a settlement with a Buffalo nonprofit, The Arc of Erie County, to resolve allegations the charity exposed the personal information of clients online for several years.

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